Re: Why people don't like Aikikai?
Speaking as a person who lives in a country that is about as far from 3rd world as you can get I must admit I think Joe's idea is very good.
Also we should all chip in through the Aikikai for senseis to be send to those places in the world, where they can't afford to host a seminar. Either becuase they are not people enough yet - or because it is too expensive for them given their income level.
The whole discount circus.. don't bother.. In my experience it usually takes more effort to administer than the benefit in the end will justify.
On the other hand a 'startup fund' where you can apply for a loan to buy mats, weapons etc would be a great way to support the spreading of Aikido.